Category: Family

How to Prepare for College Sticker Shock

If you’re still changing diapers and wiping spit up off your shirt, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is your baby heading off to college! But when the time comes, many parents are alarmed by the costs associated with higher education. By starting to save for post-secondary education early, parents can be more prepared to avoid college sticker shock.

Building a Family Culture With Teens 

Adapting to the changing relationship with kids as they go through adolescence can be daunting for many parents. When your baby isn’t a baby anymore, finding ways to connect can be challenging. One mom shares her tips for building a family culture with teens by embracing this phase and meeting adolescent children where they are right now.

Teaching Your Kids Sustainability Through Second-Hand Shopping

Our kids are watching and learning from us every day. Something as simple as where you buy clothes could be making a big impact! Wendy Powell, owner of Childish Things children’s resale store, shares ideas for teaching your kids about sustainability through second-hand shopping.

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Spring Cleaning Your Estate Plan

Spring is a time of fresh starts. While you’re purging your closets or deep cleaning your kitchen, consider adding estate plan maintenance to your spring-cleaning checklist. Read tips from Megan Gebhardt of Gebhardt Law Office on which aspects of your estate planning documents you should tidy up every year.

It Takes a Village 

A representative from Washington Education Savings Plans (WA529) shares the tangible ways she and her husband saved for their children’s post-secondary education, as well as the less tangible ways they instilled values of saving, goal-setting, and pursuing dreams in their children through consistent conversations and a village of support surrounding their children.

Top 5 Stories of 2022

Check out our five most popular articles published on our Highs and Lows Blog in 2022!

PEPS: Expectation Vs. Reality

Before participating in a PEPS Group, many people believe PEPS is just another parenting class. In reality, PEPS is so much more than that. It’s a space to build community, have real, raw conversations, and connect with other parents going through the same phase of life. Archana Agrawal shares her experience in a PEPS Newborn Group and how her expectations changed after joining a group.

Alternative Gift Ideas for Your Toddler

A first birthday is an exciting celebration for a child. It marks the beginning of their journey as a toddler, a time when they’ll begin to learn more about themselves and the world around them. For many parents, relatives, and friends, a first birthday is an excellent opportunity to support a child’s early development through thoughtful gifts.

Estate Planning Glossary 

Our 6 Steps to Create your Will event in partnership with Megan Gebhardt, owner of Gebhardt Law Office, is coming up on October 12. Estate planning is one of those fields that comes with lots of specific terminology that can make the process feel intimidating. Get a head start before the workshop by learning the definition of several estate planning terms with Megan’s Estate Planning Glossary on our blog!